We can always do with a break from the city’s chaos, and there’s no better place than the beach. Soak in the sun, sea and sand, and then make your way to these beachside restaurants and bars that’ll transport you miles away from the hustle and bustle, without sacrificing on delicious food and drinks. What more could you ask for?
Sun, sea and “the best margaritas in town” await at Coyote. A firm favourite for its tasty tacos, burritos and quesadillas, you can’t go wrong with this Discovery Bay mainstay. We love the sprawling beachside deck – get there just before sunset for beautiful day-to-night views of Lantau (it also makes for a great event space!). As the cherry on top, there’s a multitude of wallet-friendly deals to be found here: we’re talking “Super Monday” with buy one get one free main courses; “Taco Tuesday” with free tacos upon purchase of a jug of margarita or cocktail; and “Crazy Hour”, which offers 50% off all drinks by the glass from 3pm to 6pm on Mondays to Fridays, to name but a few. You know where we’ll be all summer long!
Coyote (Discovery Bay), Shop Go8A, G/F, D’Deck, Discovery Bay, 2987 2848, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.coyote.com.hk
For a luxurious beachside experience, stop by Bathers (formerly known as The Beach House) in South Lantau. We love the open air and uninterrupted sea views here, matched with tasty grilled goodies and fresh seafood. Peak times are at 1pm, so aim to arrive before 12pm or after 2:30pm.
Sassy Tip: On weekends and public holidays, Bathers opens up its one-stop fish and chip shop, Mr Chipper – a must for the quintessential beach experience.
Bathers, 32 Lower Cheung Sha Village, South Lantau, Hong Kong, 2504 4788, email@example.com, www.bathers.com.hk
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Located at the former Mavericks restaurant space at Pui O, Treasure Island Beach Club comes complete with a sun terrace and bar, as well as a menu of tasty vegetarian and vegan dishes. Listen to live music, grab a drink and enjoy Pui O’s legendary pink sunset. Remember, Treasure Island Beach Club is only open from Friday to Sunday, as well as public holidays!
Treasure Island Beach Club, Pui O Beach, Lantau Island, Hong Kong, 5236 7013, www.treasureislandhk.com/tig-restaurant
Zaks is the largest restaurant on Discovery Bay’s oceanfront hub, complete with two storeys, a spacious terrace and stunning views. With an extensive menu featuring everything from modern Asian to fresh seafood, burgers and more, this pick is a great option for group dining!
Zaks, Shop G04, G/F, Block A, Discovery Bay Plaza, Discovery Bay, Lantau Island, Hong Kong, 3018 0189, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.casteloconcepts.com
Sometimes, all we really want is pizza – even better if it comes with delicious cocktails, desserts and a gorgeous ocean view! With all these elements working perfectly together, Amalfitana is poised to give you a night to remember. Enjoy the colourful Italian murals and open kitchen (where you can see the professional pizzaiolos working their magic). Amalfitana also offers takeaway, so if you can’t get a table, take your pizza to go and enjoy it on the beach!
Sassy Tip: While the pizzas here are obviously a must-order, we’re also big fans of the Kale Caesar Salad ($100), not to mention the Nutella Pizza ($90) for dessert!
Amalfitana Artisan Pizza Bar (Repulse Bay), Shop 105, G/F, The Pulse, 28 Beach Road, Repulse Bay, Hong Kong, 2388 7787, email@example.com, www.amalfitana.hk
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With its open space design, Limewood is the perfect place to sip on a mojito and enjoy the fresh air. Indulge in easy, breezy tropical vibes that will make you feel like you’re a million miles away from the city. The menu at Limewood combines Southeast Asian, Mexican (we’re big fans of the guacamole!), Hawaiian and Caribbean flavours, with a speciality in BBQ, so you’re guaranteed to find something to satiate your appetite.
Sassy Tip: Limewood is always busy, so if you want to ensure you get a spot, make sure to book a table!
Limewood, Shop 103 & 104, G/F, The Pulse, 28 Beach Road, Repulse Bay, Hong Kong, 2866 8668, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.limewood.hk
Inspired by the beach culture of Southern Thailand, Sip Song is the place to go when your dream of a tropical getaway reaches fever pitch. With its relaxed beach-chic interiors, vibrant food offering and smooth, easy cocktails, you’ll be transported to the Thai coast in no time. Menu-wise, the dishes here take their cue from Bangkok’s night markets with a mix of street food classics. Our favourites include the Phad See Ew ($155), Tom Yum Goong ($135) and, of course, Mango Sticky Rice ($85)!
Sip Song, The Pulse, 28 Beach Road, Repulse Bay, Hong Kong, 2328 8385, email@example.com, sip-song.com
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For beautiful Asian flavours, breezy cocktails and picturesque ocean views, make your way down to Spices at The Repulse Bay. This beachside spot features a gorgeous open-aired terrace, complete with spacious green lawns and tropical blooms – perfect for alfresco dining! Food-wise, expect fresh and authentic Asian cuisine, with plenty of vegan options. Bringing a touch of drama to your meal is the live Tandoori Station, serving up made-to-order tandoori and naan. With all the colour and ambiance of a vibrant Eastern spice market, Spices is a bona-fide go-to for both casual gatherings and lively occasion dinners alike.
Spices, The Repulse Bay Arcade, 109 Repulse Bay Road, Repulse Bay, Hong Kong, 2292 2821, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.therepulsebay.com
Perfect for the long summer months, Coconuts Thai is open all day long and offers up a taste of modern Thai. Perched right next to the water, head here for picturesque ocean views. Don’t forget to bring the pup along – this pick is pet-friendly to boot!
Coconuts Thai Bar & Grill, G/F, West Block, Island Road, Deep Water Bay, Hong Kong, 2869 9631, email@example.com, www.facebook.com/Coconuts
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Ben’s Back Beach Bar is the perfect hangout, whether it’s post-hike (the Dragon’s Back trail ends here!) or after taking a dip in the sea at Shek O Back Beach. With a casual atmosphere, inexpensive drinks and an outdoor patio BBQ area, this is a great place to spend time with friends while sipping on cocktails and watching the sun go down!
Sassy Tip: The bar is closed on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays, so save your trip for later in the week!
Ben’s Back Beach Bar, 273 Shek O Village, Shek O Back Beach, Hong Kong, 2809 2268
If you’ve been craving Mediterranean food then this al fresco restaurant is for you. Known for its Mediterranean inspired décor, cuisine and spacious terrace, Cococabana is great for a fresh and filling meal after a busy day at the beach.
Cococabana, G/F, Shek O Beach Building, Shek O Beach, Hong Kong, 2812 2226, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.facebook.com/Cococabanahk
Spread over three floors, this British-inspired waterfront restaurant caters to every occasion. Set up camp on its ground floor for casual beach club vibes, complete with big screens for sports, or make your way to the first floor for something more formal. The roof terrace is perfect for those who wish to indulge in an alfresco feast. Food-wise, pub grub reigns supreme – favourites include the selection of pies, Bangers & Mash and the Sunday roast.
Padstow Restaurant & Bar, 112, Pak Sha Wan, Sai Kung, Hong Kong, email@example.com, www.padstow.hk
If you’re the kind of person who craves seafood after a day at the beach, make your way over to Ming Kee Seafood Restaurant on Po Toi Island. We’ve heard that the calamari is to die for – pair it with a bottle of ice cold beer for the ultimate in seafood feasts. Ming Kee is a great place to bring friends to escape the city, especially if you’re on a budget!
Ming Kee Seafood Restaurant, Tai Wan, Po Toi Island, Hong Kong, 2849 7038
Chuen Kee Seafood Restaurant, Sai Kung
With a Michelin Guide mention and a Lonely Planet feature under its belt, this family-run restaurant is not to be missed. Located on the waterfront in Sai Kung, it’s not quite beachside but the beautiful sea views more than make up for it. Opt for its famed fresh seafood (we like a classic steamed fish in soy sauce with ginger and spring onion), or arrive around lunchtime for some dim sum.
Chuen Kee Seafood Restaurant, 96 Man Nin Street, Sai Kung, Hong Kong, 2792 6938
Momentai, Sai Kung
This large, open-air bar and restaurant is a popular hangout for both locals and visitors alike. There’s a pool table, lots of comfy seating, a huge selection of craft beers and, best of all, a stunning view of the ocean.
Momentai, Kiosk 1, Sai Kung Waterfront, Wai Man Road, Sai Kung, Hong Kong, 2792 8991, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.momentai-la.com
Northern Thai dishes await at Thai Dao. Chow down on seafood and meat skewers, stir-fried crab and more, set against the backdrop of uninterrupted ocean views.
Thai Dao, 9 Sha Ha Village, Tai Mong Tsai Road, Sai Kung, Hong Kong, 2792 4990, www.facebook.com/thaidao.saikung
Editor’s Note: This post was originally written by Bonnie Zheng on 22 June, 2016 and was most recently updated in May, 2021.